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George Joseph ECKROAT (1883-1949) and wife

Valera Margaret COFFEY (1894-1941)

Marriage Certificate below



George Joseph ECKROAT      More about ECKROAT- WINKAMP line  (German descent)

b: March 03, 1883 North Bend (Dodge Co.) NE              

d: October 24, 1949 Bremerton (Kitsap) WA, Buried: Forest Lawn Cem.

m: October 12, 1914 Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Bremerton (Kitsap) WA   

Valera Margaret COFFEY         More about COFFEY-BUCKLEY line    (Irish descent)

b: June 09, 1894 Snohomish (Snohomish) WA   

d: January 26, 1941 Bremerton (Kitsap) WA, Buried: Forest Lawn Cem.


George Joseph ECKROAT (1883-1949)


From Barbara ECKROAT WILD: Dad’s mother (Elizabeth) died when he was 13 years old.  In October 1896, his sister Louise and he attended a Catholic boarding school, St. Francis Academy, in Columbus, NE.


Dad was a barber, always maintaining his own shop.  His first barber shop was located outside the main gate of the Bremerton Navy Yard for several years. For 21 years, his three-chair shop was located on Pacific Ave. (Main St.) in the Elks Bldg., Bremerton, WA.  Dad worked six days a week, yet he managed to keep a beautifully landscaped yard.  One year he built a doll house. Mom made curtains for the windows.  It was a real labor of love – wish I still had it.


Dad had been ill for several years before his death at age 66.  His health deteriorated due to an enlarged aorta (the size of a grapefruit).


From Obituary, October 1949:  One of Bremerton’s pioneers, Mr. Eckroat came here in 1907.  Eckroats in Bremerton

G.J. Eckroat Passes at 66

George Joseph Eckroat, 66, well-known retired barber and member of a prominent Bremerton family, died yesterday at a local hospital.  His death followed an extended illness.

One of Bremerton’s pioneers, Mr. Eckroat came here in 1907. His marriage to Valera Coffey of this city took place Oct. 12, 1914.

For many years Mr. Eckroat operated the barber shop in the Elks Temple and was an active member of  the B.P.O. Elks No 1181.  He also was a member of the local Barber’s union and had been affiliated with Eagles Aerie 192.

Born in Dodge county, Nebraska, March 3, 1883, Mr. Eckroat was educated at schools in Lincoln, Neb.

The family home is at 703 Veneta Ave.

Surviving are his four daughters, all of Bremerton:  Mrs. Patricia Applegate, Mrs. Barbara Wild, Georgia Eckroat and Valerie Eckroat.  Also, three grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Matilda Sturbaum, Santa Ana, Cal., and Sister M. Constantia of Lincoln, Neb.; and a brother, Charles L. Eckroat of Seattle.

Rosary will be said at 7:30 o’clock this evening at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic church and requiem mass will be held at the church at 9:30 o’clock tomorrow morning.  Interment, under direction of Lewis chapel, will be in the Calvary section of Forest Lawn cemetery.


 Valera Margaret COFFEY ECKROAT (1894-1941)

Valera was sent to convent school (boarding school) in Everett. Her parents were divorced. Valera had dark red hair.

From Barbara Eckroat Wild: Mother attended Washington State College, probably a business major. Her first job as a buyer in a department store brought her to Bremerton. Mother was very involved in church, civic affairs and worked on election boards. She was a big influence in establishing the Catholic school in the original 1926 structure. Mother was instrumental in getting a traffic light installed at the corner of the school. She even convinced her former teacher to come to Bremerton and teach. She was one of very few mothers who drove a car. I always felt she was ahead of her time!

What sorrow my mother must have felt at the times of her parents untimely deaths? Bless her.

[It certainly must have been difficult for her. Josie dying in the motel room and Patrick committing suicide. Valera (along with George) was the only surviving relative living in Washington (Edwin lived in Colorado at the time) to take care of the matter of their funerals.]

Mother had difficult pregnancies and shouldn't have had more children after Jimmy, but she wanted a sister for Patricia and Jimmy. She had three more children! When Val was about 9 mos. old, mother was diagnosed with cancer (abdominal area). She was ill for two years, most of that time she was bedridden. During my senior year in high school she had two surgeries. It's sad that she didn't get to see her children grow up.


From obituary, January 1941: Death Claims Mrs. Eckroat

A host of friends today mourned the passing of Mrs. Valera Eckroat, 46, long-time resident of the community who died last evening at 5:30 o'clock at the family residence, 703 Veneta Ave. Death came after an extended illness. Mrs. Eckroat was born in Snohomish, Wash., June 9, 1894, and attended schools in that community, graduating from the Snohomish high school. She also attended the Washington State College.  She was a member of the Altar Society and the Parent-Teacher association of Our Lady Star of the Sea church, was a past president of Ladies of Elks and an active member of the Gamma study group.

Members of the bereaved family include the husband, George Joseph Eckroat, well-known Bremerton barber, and four daughters, Patricia, Barbara, Georgia and Valera; and two aunts, Miss Abbie Buckley and Miss Kathleen Buckley of Bridgeport, Maine.  Requiem mass will be said by Rev. Fr. Joseph Camerman at 8:30 o'clock Wednesday morning at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Rosary will be said at 8 o'clock Tuesday evening. The body is at the Lewis Funeral chapel.


Bremerton, Wash.  –   7 February 1941

 Letter from Patricia Eckroat to her Aunt (Sr. Connie ECKROAT)

 My dear Sister Constantia,

             I am snatching a few minutes to dash off this note to you, so please excuse it being typewritten and the haste.

We recently had a letter from Aunt Tillie but I did not know whether or not she had written telling you of Mother’s death, Sunday evening, January 26.  I am truly sorry that I haven’t written before this, but know you will understand how busy we have all been. Our consolation dear Sister Constantia is that we know that our Mother suffered so greatly, but the ways of Our Lord are strange but they are still merciful, so we that are left on this earth must only say “Thy will be done.” I am very happy to think that Mother had Father Camerman with her when she died.  I had stayed away from the office the week before she died and also the following week.  It made Mother very happy to have us all at home, and then since November we had had a nurse with her. Oh, she was so brave and suffered so much just to be with us these past two years. I know that Mother was closer to God than she would have been two years ago and that she is now in Heaven with little Jimmie and praying for us and watching over us.  Mother will surely leave with each of us that grand, wholesome, affectionate personality that will last as long as those who have known her are on this earth. Our daily prayers now are that we girls may make her proud of us – she set us such a perfect example. She had such a capacity for living – she lived in every experience, whether it be painful or joyous. Oh my dear, we have so much to be thankful for – God was so good to us to have given us such a perfect Mother.




Photo 1939











Photo 1919


father, Patrick COFFEY and

children Patricia & Jimmy






George Joseph ECKROAT & Valera Margaret COFFEY had 5 children:


1.       Elizabeth Patricia ECKROAT

2.       James Joseph ECKROAT

From Barbara ECKROAT WILD:  Jimmy’s first symptoms that something was wrong was when he was an altar boy and had a hard time walking a straight line (walked toward the pews).  He also would tilt his head to one side. He had a tumor on the optic nerve; he died following surgery.  He was 8 years old on May 18 and died June 4, 1927.

3.       Barbara Ann ECKROAT WILD

4.       Georgia Joan ECKROAT KNIGHT

5.       Mary Valerie ECKROAT DITTMAN


James Joseph ECKROAT

May 18, 1918 - June 4, 1927


Photos at left:

Jimmy & sister, Babs  c.1925

Jimmy & father, George







This webpage created: 07/16/2005    *    Last edited:  03/24/2006

By Tammy Wild

Our line:  George ECKROAT>Lewis ECKROAT>Jacob ECKROATE>Daniel ECKROATE>George ECKROTH>Johann(es) ECKROTH


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